Our Daily Elder Devotional: Overflowing Joy

Our Daily Elder Devotional
We claim no originality for these devotions. One of our elders searches various sources and finds a daily devotion. Consider this a gift from Clinton Avenue Reformed Church: www.clintonave.org.

 

Today’s devotional comes from “Hope for Each Day” by Billy Graham.

Overflowing Joy

Galatians 5:22Amplified Bible (AMP)

22 But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

The word joy has all but disappeared from our current Christian vocabulary. One reason is because we have confuse joy with happiness, and I’ve come to believe it is found in pleasure, Security, and prosperity. In doing this, however, we have believed the lie that Satan is constantly telling the world to believe.

But James did not say, “count it all joy when you fall into an easy chair” he said, “count it all joy when you fall into various trials” (James 1:2).

Joy is not the same as happiness—although they may overlap. Happiness depends on circumstances; joy depends on God. Happiness vanishes when life turns painful; joy keeps going and may even grow.

Joy comes from a living, vital relationship with God. It comes from knowing this world is only temporary, and someday we will be with God forever. It comes from the fact that although we do not yet see God, we “believe in him and are filled with inexpressible and glorious joy” (1 Peter 1:8, NIV).  It comes from a life of submission to the Holy Spirit—regardless of circumstances.

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